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Ormonde Colliery (North Derbyshire) 1970 - Closed After 60 Years

Ormonde Colliery (North Derbyshire) sunk 1908-1910 by the Butterley Co between Loscoe and Heanor was closed in September 1970 after 60 years.
No2 North shaft 43/4247/687694 sunk to 391 yards (357m)
No1 South shaft 43/4247/745617 sunk to 381 yards (348m).
Surface adit
positions driven in 1960s:
No1
SK 443950, 347930
No2 Return 443900, 347900, both heading north.
The Old Foundation shaft 43/443347/925880, sunk 198 ft (60m) to Deep Hard.
To the South West, lay Loscoe colliery with 3 shafts, the Soft coal shaft 43/4247/380479 sunk to 125 yards (114m).
Highest manpower was 1,425 in 1945, (Butterley Co) and
Highest output 955,009 tons in 1967-1968, (NCB).
This was the last mine to close in the Heanor area.

Seams worked:

  • Tupton or Low Main 1910-1941 and - Aug 1970
  • Kilburn 1912-1945 (also at Bailey Brook June 1945 until merger)
  • Deep Soft –Sep 1958
  • Roof Soft June 1968-Sep 1970 (originally worked by New Langley until merged with Ormonde)
  • Silkstone 1941–Jan 1956 and re-opened Oct 1960 -Sep 1970,
  • Mickley 1947–Sep 1960
  • Piper (blue bind with ironstone balls, coal 2’4” (0.71m), batts 1’ 3” (0.38m), coal 10” (0.25m), fireclay floor - Jan 1968
  • Ashgate -Sep 1960.

A paddy was installed in 1918 to transport men to and from a district at shift times.
Pithead baths were opened in 1954.


ROLF

The first ROLF (remotely operated longwall face) in Great Britain was installed at Ormonde in Jan 1963 in the Piper seam. It worked extremely well, achieving automated advance of the AFC and the Dowty 3 leg supports.Everything was wired to a console in the main gate operated by one man, as seen in the photo to the right. A plough behind the machine had a nucleonic sensing device to assist the horizon control of the shearer. However as was proved, conditions for the remote system to work had to be almost perfect, and there aren’t many places in a pit where that is known.
Meco-Moore cutter loaders had been introduced in 1947 and in 1952/53 the 70hp Trepanner was pioneered.

Bailey Brook steel headgear was transferred and re-erected at Ormonde in 1942 to replace the wooden headgear at No2 shaft.
The last face in the Low Main finished on 22nd Aug, working towards the abandoned workings at Moorgreen (Feb 1968) and finished 115 yards (105m) away and 220 yards (200m) south of Eastwood Hall.

The first full face of powered supports by Gullick Dobson was a major success for the Wigan Company.

The 4 leg hydraulic chocks marked a radical change in support at the coal face. In the 1960s the introduction of a 5th leg to maintain support closer to the AFC and face as well as development of the automatic electro-hydraulic control of the support, the first rigid base in 1965. Gullick Dobson is the result of the merger of Gullick of Wigan with Bonser of Nottingham. 6/240 rigid based supports were designed. New screens in 1966 and a Joy Continuous miner (JCM) were installed in 1970. Mine cars and tipplers were introduced. New engine house and winder installed in Jan 1970.

Two short retreat faces were abandoned in the Silkstone, one 15th Aug and the other on 19th Sep 1970 and the mine was closed.

Manpower: Butterley Co:

  • 1906: 29 sinking, 49 s/f
  • 1907: 25 sinking, 42 s/f
  • 1908: 27 sinking, 34 s/f
  • 1909: 16 sinking, 32 s/f
  • 1910: colliery opened
  • 1911: 216 Tupton, 60 s/f
  • 1912: 284 Tupton and Kilburn, 89 s/f
  • 1913: 361 T and K, 114 s/f
  • 1914: 412 K, 153 s/f
  • 1915: 447 K, 150 s/f
  • 1916: 651 K and T, 176 s/f
  • 1917: 582 K and T, 192 s/f
  • 1918: 635 K and T, 215 s/f
  • 1919: 732 K and T, 254 s/f
  • 1920: 875 K and T, 276 s/f
  • 1921: 910 K and T, 272 s/f
  • 1922: 919 K and T, 247 s/f
  • 1923: 854 K and Low Main, 240 s/f
  • 1924: 951 K and LM, 248 s/f
  • 1925: 896 K and LM, 251 s/f
  • 1926: 953 K and LM, 251 s/f
  • 1927: 969 K and LM, 259 s/f
  • 1928: 930 K and LM, 243 s/f
  • 1929: 983 K and LM, 240 s/f
  • 1930: 925 K, LM and Deep Hard, 239 s/f
  • 1931: 914 L, LM and DH, 241 s/f
  • 1932: 917 K, LM and DH, 227 s/f
  • 1933: 966 K, LM and DH, 231 s/f
  • 1934: 970 K, LM and DH, 226 s/f
  • 1935: 927 K, LM and DH, 220 s/f
  • 1936: 856 K, LM and DH, 212 s/f
  • 1937: 727 K, LM and DH, 249 s/f
  • 1938: 1,006 K, LM and DH, 304 s/f
  • 1939: 1,000 K, LM and DH, 320 s/f
  • 1940: 993 K, LM and DH, 345 s/f
  • 1941: 914 377 K, LM and Silkstone, 377 s/f
  • 1942: 968 K and S, 379 s/f
  • 1943: 977 Silkstone only, 410 s/f
  • 1944:1,019 S and K, 450 s/f
  • 1945: 980 S,445 s/f
  • 1946: .

Output and Manpower NCB: No5 Area EMD:

  • 1947 No 5 Area: 492,089 tons, 1,297 men
  • 1948: 888 Silkstone and Mickley, 426 s/f, 455,922 tons, 1,314 men
  • 1949: 439,350 tons, 1,272 men
  • 1950: 418,810 tons, 1,171 men
  • 1951: 525,479 tons, 1,151 men
  • 1952: 565,652 tons, 1,155 men
  • 1953: 535,843 tons, 1,146 men
  • 1954: 478,944 tons, 1,103 men
  • 1955: 514,993 tons, 1,066 men
  • 1956: 383,527 tons, 998 men
  • 1957: 468,670 tons, 997 men
  • 1958: 634,424 tons, 997 men
  • 1959: 602,999 tons, 985 men
  • 1960: 752,330 tons, 1,281 men, max
  • 1961: 760,284 tons, 1,243 men
  • 1962: 882,719 tons, 1,215 men
  • 1963/64: 851,072 tons, 1,194 men
  • 1964/65: 928,126 tons, 1,157 men
  • 1965/66: 884,786 tons, 1,128 men
  • 1966/67: 809,362 tons, 1,199 men
  • 1967/68 North Derbyshire Area: 955,009 tons, 1,232 men
  • 1968/69: 904,264 tons, 1,181 men
  • 1969/70: 676,774 tons, 1,114 men
  • 1970/71: 233,678 tons, 507 men.
    Production ceased September 1970.

Two large faults cross the colliery take, known as the Porter Barn and the Godkin faults.

When Bailey Brook finished production in 1942, the steel headgear was transferred to Ormonde to replace the wooden headgear.

Bailey Brook position 43/443347/500495 was sunk to Kilburn and Soft coal.

Agents:

  • Henry Eustace Mitton Agent 1908-1922, promoted to Director of Butterley Co
  • Jack Bircumshaw (2144) Agent 1922-1938
  • Montagu FM Wright (1124) Agent 1938-1946 (promoted from Ollerton).

Sub-Area Managers / Group Managers / Production Managers:

  • Jack G Belfitt (2265) 1947- Sub Area Manager
  • Jim W Crossland (3610) Sub Area Manager 1952-
  • No2 Group Manager William Murday (4631) 1957-

Managers for Ormonde:

  • Humphrey R Watson (2333) 1908-1916
  • Ben D Elliott (3296) 1916-
  • Jack G Belfitt (2265) 1938-1941
  • GeorgeH Riley (4014) 1941-1945
  • Tom L Morris (3980) 1945-1958 (promoted from Undermanager)
  • Des Marriott (5671) 1958-1963 (promoted to Group Manager)
  • Bas G Wright (5160) Agent Manager 1964-1966 (promoted to Group Manager)
  • David M Parkes (5431) 1966 Agent Manager, (transferred from Moorgreen, left to General Manager Bras d’Or Coal Co Nova Scotia, Canada)
  • Ronnie CH Hamilton (4441) Agent Manager, Colliery General Manager 1968-1970.

Deputy Managers:

  • David A Weir (6148) 1964-1966 (promoted to Manager Moorgreen)
  • Jim S Dodd (5803) 1966-1968 (promoted to Manager Alfreton)
  • William Ball (8021) 1968.

Assistant Manager:

Undermanagers for Ormonde:

  • J Pynegar 1908-1913
  • T Cook 1913-1920
  • TH Wilbur (2nd) 1920-1936
  • SC Needham (2nd) 1920-1938
  • ENB Mitton (2884) 1936-1937
  • George Bunting (2nd) 1937-1944 (transferred to Ollerton)
  • Sid C Carter (2979) 1938-1940 (later Manager Creswell)
  • Alf Maddox (2385) 1940-1941 (transferred to Low Moor, Kirkby) later Sub-Area Manager
  • Tom L Morris (3980) 1944-1945 (transferred from Ollerton, promoted to Manager)
  • JE Smith (2nd) 1945-
  • M McPherson (2nd) 1952-
  • GL Goff 1957-?
  • George Cook (5472) 1957-1958
  • Derek Noble (5922) 1958-1962 (promoted from Kirkby, promoted to Deputy Manager Denby Hall, later Manager Morton 1964)
  • William B Steel (7658) 1964-1965 (Low Main and Blackshale)
  • Ron Bradford (7670) 1964- (Roof Soft, Piper, Ashgate and Mickley)
  • John F Brass (8587) 1965-1968 (transferred from Undermanager Nook, NW Area, promoted to Deputy Manager Creswell, transferred to Ollerton, later Manager Clipstone)
  • Brian K Trueman (6779) 1968-1970
  • Frank Moore (6808) 1968-1970.

Surveyors included: ..…

  • HL Jackson (502) -1950s, George W Langton (2483) (transferred from Denby) -1970.

Fatal Accidents Ormonde:

  • Thomas Wagstaff (28) caught in machinery 12/12/1855
  • Enoch Stevens (36) fall of coal 26/3/1917
  • Thomas Ernest Tagg (31) caught in machinery 13/7/1918
  • James Cripps (70) strained himself on the surface 22/8/1918, died 23/8/1918
  • GeorgeA Strickland (17) fall of roof 27/8/1918
  • Thomas Fullwood (42) fall of roof 17/10/1918
  • Sydney Palfreyman (13) caught in machinery on the surface 2/9/1920
  • Edward Wright (57) fall of roof 9/2/1922, died 21/7/1922
  • Percy Hickling (57) fall of roof 23/11/1922
  • William Lockwood (23) crushed by wagons on the surface 5/1/1923
  • Harry Burt (25) run over by wagons on the surface 22/9/1923
  • John Kirk (30) 5/6/1924
  • Arthur Lingard (62) fall of roof 20/11/1924
  • Eric Singleton (31) fall of roof 15/1/1931
  • James Pacey (63) crushed by tubs 26/10/1931
  • John James Allsop (21) caught in a conveyor -/3/1938
  • Joseph Clarke (53) fall of roof 17/12/1938
  • Fred Smith (39) caught in a coal cutter 19/1/1940
  • Edward Grainger (50) fall of roof 17/4/1940
  • Arthur Beardall Hickling (63) injured hand 24/6/1940, died from toxaemia 27/10/1940
  • Leslie Turner (21) crushed by tubs 3/1/1941
  • Joseph Weston (63) fall of roof 10/2/1941
  • Reginald Harke (17) crushed by tubs 14/10/1943
  • Walter Rowley (?) ? ?/6/1944
  • Albert Eyre (44) fall of roof 29/8/1947
  • Roy Fowkes (18) fall of roof 30/12/1952
  • Colin Moore (29) fall of roof 29/4/1954
  • Wassel Jasnirkowski (25) fall of roof 6/12/1954
  • Raymond Maddon (21) fell from a height on the surface 7/2/1956
  • James Robert White (52) overcome by blackdamp 24/7/1956
  • Reginald A Bostock (27) fall of roof 3/4/1957
  • Joseph Thomas Redfern (52) fall of roof ?/?/1957
  • Lewis Leyton (63) fall of coal 5/9/1960
  • Gary Robinson (16) crushed by tubs 4/1/1963, died 6/4/1963
  • Brian Plumb (21) electrocuted on the surface 3/5/1965
  • Peter Edward Meakin (30) fall of roof 3/5/1967
  • Terence S Sparham (23) crushed by machinery 27/9/1968.

Transported by Bus

When Ormonde closed in 1970 many miners were offered jobs at other collieries sooner than accept redundancy. Some were transferred to pits nearby such as Moorgreen. A few men accepted a job at Markham, however they did not want to move home so the NCB asked for volunteers to transport the miners to and from work.

William Henry Freer living at Cotmanhay had started work at Manor and when that colliery closed moved to Woodside, to Cossall for a short time, then Coppice, Ormonde and finally to Markham, these men were known as gypsies. He volunteered to drive the men to work and back and was supplied with a 12 seater NCB bus which was kept at home. Daily he set off from 30 Beauvale Drive and picked up men at Marlpool, Heanor market place, Loscoe, Langley Mill, French Horn via Cromford Road and the last pick up was at Ripley then on to Markham and of course the reverse at end of shift, some 25 plus miles each way. He was paid extra for this job. (Quote, Ian Freer, son).

Pumping had been carried out at Denby Hall, Ripley, Salterwood and Western pits to protect Ormonde until closure.

 

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